The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.  – Goodreads

Get ready for a bunch of “self-help” book reviews, people. I’m doing house projects and these type of books are the easiest to listen on audiotape to while doing other activities — I have a tendency to get distracted if I’m listening to fiction.

I’m adding a read more link due to the excessive use of the F-word in the following review. Read more at your discretion. 

I’ve read Mark Manson’s blog before — he has some good articles on topics such as relationships (my favorite is Fuck Yes or No), life choices (Stop Trying to Be Happy) and self improvement. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck article will give you a pretty good idea of what this book was about. In fact, save yourself hours of reading/listening and just read the article, because the book really just takes that concept and repeats itself over and over.

The primary concept behind the book is that we give waaay too many fucks about things that don’t matter. We have a limited amount of fucks to give. Save your fucks for the things that matter. Stop giving a ton of fucks about things that don’t matter — so that cute dude didn’t text you back, so what? So your coworker’s friend didn’t wish you happy birthday on Facebook, big fucking deal.

When you stop giving a fuck about the superficial little things that don’t matter, you save your fucks (and your energy) for the ones that do.

And that, my friends, is the premise of the book. If you’re looking for a salty read filled to the brim with the word “fuck” (to a point where you get annoyed by the overuse of the word…way to wear out my favorite word, dude) and are sick of the regular self improvement books, get it. If you’re just interested in the concept behind the book, check out some of his other articles and proceed from there.

I was annoyed halfway through because it felt repetitive and uninteresting. I definitely enjoyed the first half of the book and can absolutely get behind the subtle art of not giving a fuck.

I rated it a 3/5 on Goodreads.


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